RDA in a Day report by Karl Fairhurst
I was thrilled to learn that I had won a bursary for the RDA in a Day event, not least because I am new to the profession but also new to cataloguing! Cataloguing experience is difficult to come by as a new professional and I saw this as a valuable opportunity to get to grips with my new passion and the new standard before starting a CILIP accredited course in September.
Turning up at CILIP HQ, I was delighted to meet librarians from the BBC, Natural History Museum and Royal Zoological Society. It was interesting to hear how cataloguing fits into their roles and how much of RDA they were already familiar with. With a tea in hand, we were briefed by Alan Danskin and Lesley Firth of the British Library on the day ahead. They detailed how we will create catalogue records using RDA and RIMMF, learn to navigate the RDA toolkit, discuss the FRBR model and understand how RDA and MARC can be used together.
Join Backstage Library Works either in London or Edinburgh this September for a half-day seminar on managing collections and metadata in libraries.
Managing an institution’s collections and metadata can be a huge task. Librarians and archivists feel pressure to continually improve workflows, delivering better service to patrons and researchers.
At the same time, many are being asked to create efficiencies, to find new ways to accomplish more with existing resources.
Librarians at leading institutions are tackling these challenges in innovative ways. We’ve invited a few to discuss their current and future plans with you.
- Reclassification of library collections can speed up an acquisitions workflow and reduce processing costs for new items. Still, the task of changing class marks in the metadata, then relabeling and juggling the physical location of every book in the library can be overwhelming.
- Metadata workflows can be fine-tuned to streamline processes and improve discovery in your catalogue, but changes often require the coordinated efforts of several departments to overcome institutional inertia.
- Digital access to archival collections is expanding at a thrilling rate. However, the next fifty thousand images are only as useful as the metadata that patrons will search to find the content they want.
Tuesday, 12 September 2017, in London
Thursday, 14 September 2017, in Edinburgh
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For our September issue we would like to see papers on Classification.
CIG recently ran a successful event called “Thinking about classification” and we would like to take another look at classification in September’s issue of C&I. Do you have something to say about classification? Have you inherited an in-house classification scheme that you love/hate? Have you had to reclassify a library or collection, or are thinking of embarking on a reclassification project in the future? What do you wish you had learnt about classification when you studied LIS or what professional training in classification would you like to be available? Have you been to an interesting classification event recently or encountered a good classification book? Have you designed your own classification scheme? Do you use multiple classification schemes in your library and want to share your experiences of these? Have you got some interesting experiences of making your classification more localised or more standardised? How do you think your library users utilise your classification? Do you have any thoughts about unethical classification and problematic terminology or structures?
We welcome papers on these or any other aspect of classification for this issue. Papers can be up to 2,000 words and should be submitted by the end of August.
Please contact the editors with your proposal.
For more information please see our guidance for contributors:
Join the Chair of the RDA Steering Committee (RSC) for an update on the latest developments in RDA: Resource Description and Access.
Gordon Dunsire, Chair of RSC, will update attendees on implementation of the new governance model, the redesign of the RDA toolkit via the 3R project, and outcomes of recent meetings with specialist cataloguing communities in the areas of cartographic, A-V, rare materials, and archives cataloguing. The talk will be followed by an open discussion.
The event will be of relevance to anyone involved in cataloguing and with an interest in international standards for describing library and cultural heritage resources.
The event is free, but registration is essential. To reserve your place please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rda-update-edinburgh-tickets-35824694626
Organised by the Cataloguing & Indexing Group in Scotland, in conjunction with RSC
The new issue of C&I (187) is now available here.
The latest issue of C&I discusses how metadata and institutional repositories can work together. You’ll also find a review of David Stuart’s “Practical ontologies for information professionals“.
Date: June 28, 2017
Where: CILIP HQ
Classification is a fundamental part of library and information work, but rarely gets the same attention as its cataloguing cousin. Not only does classification tell us where to place a physical or electronic resource, it also organises knowledge itself. This workshop offers an opportunity to think about and discuss the broad concerns of classification theory and practice, without focusing on any one particular scheme.
Each session will offer an equal quantity of talks and hands-on activities, including “Classification speed-dating”, “Classification elevator pitches”, “Classification scheme ethical analysis” and “Reclassification group problem-solving”.
Guest speakers include Prof. Vanda Broughton (Emeritus Professor, UCL) and Dr Aida Slavic (Editor-in-chief, UDC). The workshop will be led by Deborah Lee (Senior Cataloguer, Courtauld Institute of Art, and PhD student, City, University of London) and Anastasia Kerameos (Serials & e-Resources Librarian, BFI).
We are delighted to be able to offer two sponsored places. For further details, including application deadlines, the programme, fees and to book please visit https://www.cilip.org.uk/cataloguing-indexing-group/events/thinking-about-classification.
The next issue of C&I will focus on the following theme: 187 (June): Institutional repositories
Feedback from the CIG conference indicated that people were interested in learning more about metadata work within institutional repositories (IR). Does your job include working on an IR? How does this complement your traditional cataloguing work? Do you work entirely on an IR, and if so, do you consider yourself a cataloguer, metadata specialist, or something else? What was your and your team’s job route into working on an IR? Did you help set up an IR, or are about to do so? What tips, hints, and pitfalls can you offer about setting up an IR? Do you have a non-cataloguing/non-metadata role related to an IR, and would like to share your thoughts about their value, especially related to how you use your IR?
We welcome papers on any aspects of institutional repositories. Please contact us with proposals; we would expect completed papers to be submitted by the end of May.
Please contact the editors (Karen Pierce: PierceKF@Cardiff.ac.uk and Deborah Lee: firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any queries, or if you want to offer a paper that does not fit into the theme mentioned. We are always happy to consider papers on topics unrelated to an issue’s theme, especially if it is the result of some research you have conducted, or a project you have been involved in. Papers can be up to 2,000 words, and we are happy to include a selection of images.
Please check our guidance for contributors: http://www.cilip.org.uk/cataloguing-indexing-group/catalogue-index/guidance-contributors